The NBA Draft is full of small school prospects looking to make a big splash on team’s draft boards. And if you are looking for a potential riser look no further than Bowling Green junior, Richaun Holmes.
After playing one year at the junior college level, Holmes chose to attend Bowling Green University. After a modest sophomore campaign, Holmes flourished his junior season. With averages of 14.4 points and 8.1 rebounds, 2.8 of which have come at the offensive end, he has developed into a legit NBA big man prospect.
Many were impressed by Holmes at the NBA Combine, as he was able to capture the attention of the many GM’s and scouts in attendance. In 17 minutes of action, Holmes recorded five blocks, and scored six points. The performance has done enough to skyrocket the Bowling Green product from the undrafted ranks into the conversation for a mid-second round pick.
For Holmes to improve his draft stock he needs to develop an offensive game that is on par with his defensive production. Most scouts say his most glaring weaknesses is a lack of a true post up game. However, there is another aspect to Holmes’s game that has many taking notice.
Holmes features a very strong jump shot, something which he needs to hit at a more consistent rate, especially given how well he stretches the floor and plays off the pick and roll. There is also the potential to improve upon his three point shooting, as he took 40+ shots from beyond the arc last season.
Playing in the MAC Conference does factor into Holmes draft stock, as he never really played against top NBA prospects during his college career. Although, his strong showing at the Combine has many talking, and at the very least Holmes could develop into a solid rotation player for an NBA franchise.